Knoxville Community of Mindfulness

Wisdom I
‚ÄčCultivating Wisdom through Daily Practice

Offered twice in 2021 - see dates below

$60 suggested donation

Buddhism is a wisdom tradition that has flourished for 2,600 hundred years. At its heart is a profound and compassionate psychology that illuminates the universal problem of suffering. Throughout his 45 years of sharing the Dharma, the Buddha was teaching the wisdom that liberates us from suffering. This class will highlight the wisdom aspect of selected teachings, but this will not be a scholarly study. Instead, the focus will be on how to practice the teachings in ways that will move us along the path.

This class is open to everyone, but it is best suited to students who have taken these classes with me (or who have experience in):

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Opening the Heart (loving kindness, joy, compassion and equanimity)
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Establishing Mindfulness (the Satipatthana Sutta or The Four Foundations of Mindfulness)

Classes meet weekly on Zoom.  When you submit your registration form, you will see the message: You have successfully registered, appear briefly above the submit button.  A few days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive the Zoom link  and a short reading.  If possible, please register at least one day prior to the first class so that you will have time to complete the short reading. 

There is a suggested donation of $60, which covers the four classes.  Any amount is gratefully accepted. Your practice of  generosity makes it possible for those of limited means to participate in the class.

John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions.  He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness.  He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.

Class Dates:
 Wednesdays April 21-May 12 and Sundays August 8-29.
Note Registration Process Has Changed:  
‚ÄčWhen you submit your registration, a "successfully submitted" message will pop up.  Several days to a week prior to the start of the course you will receive an email with the Zoom link and a short preparation for the first class.